We recently had a camp for 34 5th grade female students in a village called Karifiguela near Banfora. The girls came in from 5 different villages and I was able to bring 8 girls from my own village. The girls had a lot of fun and learned a lot about hygiene, malaria, sex ed., family planning, and planning for their futures.
The girls also got their national exam results while we were at the camp together. Every single girl who came to the camp with me passed! Last year the overall passing rate at my primary school was 33% and this year it was over 60%- not taking all the credit but definitely excited for all of the students who are now able to continue on to secondary school!
Me with the Diarabakoko girls
On top of the bush taxi on the way to Karifiguela
Riding on top of the bush taxi with McKenna
McKenna teaching the girls how to make anti-mosquito cream
Celenia demonstrating the period bracelet
John playing the menstruation song on guitar
After the camp, I went to Nianssogoni, right on the border with Mali and easily one of the most beautiful places in Burkina Faso. After arriving we biked 15 kilometers to the next village over and had a local student show us the path up the waterfalls to a pristine swimming hole. The next day some volunteers hiked up to see the summit but McKenna and I decided to bike 45 kilometers to her village so we could get back to work. We had such a good time that we're planning to take the new volunteers over there again in the coming months!